College basketball preview: Texas Longhorns
It has always been popular around the Big 12 to dislike Texas, and for that reason new records for schadenfreude were set when the Longhorns fell from No. 1 in the nation to the middle of the Big 12 pack last year.
Coach Rick Barnes publicly accepted blame, though he now wishes to point out that even though his team did not live up to even its own expectations, its season did not become quite the disaster some seem to think it did.
"We're not ever going to apologize for how high we set the standard and the bar here at Texas," Barnes said.
Perimeter scoring shouldn't be a problem this season, but Texas does have some issues to sort out at point guard and center. The good news is that all of the players involved are talented and should presumably be playing pretty well by January.
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